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Retired Los Alamos lab deputy director dead from gunshot
Kobtv.com ^ | January 24, 2003

Posted on 01/24/2003 9:02:47 PM PST by Sweet_Sunflower29

A retired Los Alamos National Laboratory deputy director, Richard Burick, has died from what police say is an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say Burick, 63, died Thursday in the parking lot of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

Los Alamos Police Chief Richard Melton says Burick had been suffering from prostate cancer.

Burick was deputy director for lab operations when he retired last year.

Melton says Burick co-wrote a book with Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug MacDonald about the Cerro Grande Fire, which burned nearly 43,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains in May 2000.

Melton says the book's proceeds were donated to the victims of the fire.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: chinaconnection; clinton; losalamos

1 posted on 01/24/2003 9:02:47 PM PST by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Alamo-Girl; doug from upland
*ping*
2 posted on 01/24/2003 9:04:08 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Thanks for the heads up! Jeepers...
3 posted on 01/24/2003 9:06:57 PM PST by Alamo-Girl (Magnus frater spectat te...)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Too sad..glad I wasn't on duty yesterday.
4 posted on 01/24/2003 9:07:28 PM PST by andrew1957
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I am always amazed at how much detail the police give out and know about on " suicides" like this. Remember with Vince foster the reports that came out that very day ... " there was semen on his underwear that was not his" Said a source that did not want to be named...." So how do they get a DNA test back that fast....? I don't know ... seems strange that anyone would comment on a shooting so quickly.
5 posted on 01/24/2003 9:08:30 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: andrew1957
Also, that is what my Dad died of 3 years ago.
6 posted on 01/24/2003 9:09:36 PM PST by andrew1957
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To: Walkingfeather
I know tin foil alert...
7 posted on 01/24/2003 9:09:45 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Walkingfeather
Industrial strength tin foil.
9 posted on 01/24/2003 9:21:01 PM PST by chnsmok (Mussel men rock! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/828114/posts)
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To: chnsmok
Oh so your out to get me too eh...??? ;)
11 posted on 01/24/2003 9:33:17 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Walkingfeather
You are not the only one with tin foil -- first thing I thought of was Arkancide!
12 posted on 01/24/2003 9:35:56 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: Howlin; Travis McGee; Lion's Cub; Miss Marple; Jeff Head
fyi
13 posted on 01/24/2003 9:37:26 PM PST by piasa (Those who sit on fences soon cut off circulation to their family jewels.)
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To: Walkingfeather
You can never have enough TIN FOIL. A little paranoid? LOL Highlight this post.
14 posted on 01/24/2003 9:43:31 PM PST by chnsmok (Mussel men rock! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/828114/posts)
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To: PhiKapMom
Well lets see now this was a Deputy director of Los Alamos national lab who is dead from other than natural causes. It is alleged he had prostate cancer but the autopsy will either confirm or deny such allegation. They can be reasonably sure of a suicide at this point if the blood splater evidence clearly shows that his body was undisturbed and no one could have been close nough to him to avoid leaving pretty clear traces.

The reason for the suicide is open to question as prostate cancer is one of the most treatable cancers there is. There may be other reasons unstated. He may have left a note or tape recording.
15 posted on 01/24/2003 9:55:00 PM PST by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: harpseal
Isn't it a sad commentary though when that is the first thing that comes to mind?
16 posted on 01/24/2003 10:46:06 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I've been looking all over for this story. No one else has picked up on it at all.
17 posted on 01/24/2003 10:51:07 PM PST by lainie
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I wonder if any of those NKs visiting his royal fat-head, Governor-Elect Richardson, can be accounted for.
18 posted on 01/24/2003 10:58:23 PM PST by evolved_rage (Kill a commie for mommie)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
uh, this guy shot himself in the parking lot of a ski area??
19 posted on 01/24/2003 10:59:41 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: piasa; aristeides; thinden; honway; Alamo-Girl; archy; Wallaby; Askel5; Uncle Bill; Nita Nupress; ..
Thanks for the ping, piasa.

"Cleanup on isle 2004"

20 posted on 01/25/2003 1:02:59 AM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: harpseal; Fred Mertz; ntrulock
If this guy was able to work until last year, I think it's most unlikely the prostate cancer was anywhere near terminal stage.
21 posted on 01/25/2003 6:43:47 AM PST by aristeides
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To: Lion's Cub
DOE Reprimands LANL for Nearly 50 Pounds of Unprotected Plutonium on Property
Snip...In the wake of the tragedy of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, security at LANL is under severe inspection by both LANL and local activist groups. Greg Mello, of the Los Alamos Study Group, criticizes the waste stored outside of PF-185 as a threat to New Mexico¹s security saying that if a jet had flown into such a stack of waste, "you could have a plume of (radiation) going across New Mexico in a short time."
Dick Burick, chief of security at LANL, assures that there were "absolutely no threats whatsoever to the lab," but nevertheless said, "these are very hardened facilities. It would take a large aircraft to do significant damage."

Deputy director?
22 posted on 01/25/2003 1:14:30 PM PST by philman_36
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To: Texas_Jarhead
innerestin', huh? Seems like the logical place to off yourself with handgun. not.
23 posted on 01/25/2003 1:17:21 PM PST by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: Lion's Cub
Some more interesting comments by Dick/Richard...
LANL shuts down amid terrorist acts on East Coast
24 posted on 01/25/2003 1:18:29 PM PST by philman_36
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To: Texas_Jarhead
uh, this guy shot himself in the parking lot of a ski area??

Maybe he was just upset that the lift lines were too long.

25 posted on 01/25/2003 1:23:13 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Lion's Cub
He should've known firearms, he had a ranch, ROCKING SIGMA RANCH, 1600 CAMINO REDONDO LOS ALAMOS, NM 87544 for elk hunting.
http://www.gmfsh.state.nm.us/PageMill_Images/Hunting/Landowner/eLOu21a.pdf
He ain't gonna hunt no more.
26 posted on 01/25/2003 1:30:10 PM PST by philman_36
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To: Willie Green
He was getting ready to "talk"....

http://www.geocities.com/onlatime/failsafe.jpg

27 posted on 01/25/2003 1:43:21 PM PST by Typelouder (I found the smoking gun...)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Dead men tell no tales!
28 posted on 01/25/2003 2:11:11 PM PST by Gritty
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To: Walkingfeather
Vince foster was also the frist thing I thought.
29 posted on 01/25/2003 2:20:42 PM PST by fella
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Thanks for the post
30 posted on 01/25/2003 2:26:41 PM PST by woofie
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To: Typelouder
The Silencer
31 posted on 01/25/2003 2:32:34 PM PST by Typelouder (Give Registered the Credit)
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Just FYI: While Sarah Brady and her ilk like to give the impression that the most common firearm suicide is a despondent teen, in truth the demographic group most likely for firearm suicide is the elderly, *by far*, especially elderly men.

All the talk about "doctor assisted suicide" tends to distract people from the fact that most of the folks who are looking at an endless slide into terminal illness, failing health, failing finances, failing mental conditions, etc., are able to get the job done themselves without a doctor's help. After a long successful life, many people would rather choose a quick finish than whatever unpleasant end they've been dealt. Actor Brian Keith, for example, chose to shoot himself rather than letting his cancer play itself out.

A large fraction of the teen suicides are connected with terminal or chronic illnesses as well.

32 posted on 01/25/2003 2:36:44 PM PST by Dan Day
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To: andrew1957
Not to be smart, but a self-inflicted gun shot wound or prostrate cancer? How old was your Dad? This guy was relatively young to die of prostrate cancer. You can live a long time with that type of cancer.
33 posted on 01/25/2003 2:41:11 PM PST by Eva
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To: Walkingfeather
... how much detail ...

I think in the "old" days of journalism school, it was a required course on how to plant "evidence" in order to keep
the story going in the paper for a few more days or weeks.

So, if the story was some murder in an uptight community, a reporter would "drop" a matchbook from a gay bar near the
body. Or in a mostly black one, a KKK hood (with or w/o the initials "RB"). Hint of a sex and murder? Drop a bra. On the grave of the victim.

34 posted on 01/25/2003 2:58:06 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: PhiKapMom; Walkingfeather
You can make that three of us!
35 posted on 01/25/2003 3:02:13 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
LOL!!! Glad to know I am in good company!
36 posted on 01/25/2003 5:38:26 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: PhiKapMom
How's that go? "Great minds think alike?" : )
37 posted on 01/25/2003 5:51:39 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
Absolutely! Tin foil and all!
38 posted on 01/25/2003 5:53:37 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: fella
Richard Burick, has died from what police say is an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Like Admiral Boorda?

39 posted on 01/25/2003 6:04:01 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal (Arkancide Alert)
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To: philman_36
Thanks for those links. Still don't know which side got him, though. I bet that audit was interesting.
40 posted on 01/25/2003 10:43:52 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: Lion's Cub
bttt ... thanks for the flag, by the way.
41 posted on 01/27/2003 9:57:53 PM PST by Askel5
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